The FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series – the dedicated women’s 3×3 professional circuit – is back, starting with a stop organized by Swiss Basketball in Mies on May 15-16. It will mark the first time a FIBA official competition (3×3 or basketball combined) is organized at FIBA’s Headquarters, which have been renamed the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball in 2018 in memory of the former FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee member.
“The Patrick Baumann House of Basketball has been host to several 3×3 events before but organizing a FIBA official competition at home in front of our headquarters, on the same day that Patrick is inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame, will definitely have a special meaning to us,” Zagklis added.
The FIBA Open – the largest 3×3 grassroots event in Switzerland – has been organized at FIBA’s Headquarters since 2015 and will take place on June 19-20 in 2021.
“We are delighted to work with Swiss Basketball to bring the FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series back after the great success of the 2019 edition,” FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said.
“One of FIBA’s three strategic pillars is the development of women in basketball and this competition will help the teams who are preparing every day to get a chance to be the first women to play 3×3 at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in July 24-28, 2021.”
A total of 8 teams will play in Mies: Hungary, Mongolia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain and Switzerland. For the first time, the players will compete for prize money.
Swiss Basketball rejoiced the opportunity to organize a FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series event only two weeks before the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Graz, Austria on May 26-30.
“It is an honour for Swiss Basketball to be able to organize the first stop of the FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series 2021,” Swiss Basketball President Giancarlo Sergi said. “After a year like that, we are happy to be able to collaborate with FIBA again on an international event of this importance. It will be key for all the competing teams and especially for Switzerland considering it is the ultimate big test before the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Graz.”
More FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series events will be announced at a later stage.